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  • Tortured and haggard: Helena Bonham Carter is a convincing Miss Havisham

    08/15/2012 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2012 | Sarah Fitzmaurice and Lara Gould
    At 46 she's considerably younger than her character, the decrepit Miss Havisham. But Helena Bonham Carter can be seen looking haggard and tortured as the heiress locked in the past in the new trailer for the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations. The English actress is seen sporting huge bags under her eyes, a grey pallor and a wretched look on her face.
  • Joe Kubert Dies at 85; Influential Comic-Book

    08/13/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 13, 2012 | By MARGALIT FOX
    Joe Kubert, a titan among comic-book artists whose work stretched from the Golden Age of the superhero to the gritty realism of the graphic novel, died on Sunday in Morristown, N.J. He was 85. The cause was multiple myeloma, his son Adam said. Mr. Kubert, who first plied his trade as a teenager in the 1930s and continued drawing in the hospital during his final illness, was among the last of the generation of comic-book illustrators whose work helped define the genre in the years before World War II. “He’s the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field,” Paul Levitz,...
  • So What Does The President Read ?

    08/12/2012 12:25:38 PM PDT · by djone · 20 replies
    instapundit ^ | 12Aug12 | Glenn Reynolds
    It's Fareed Zakaria's book " The Post-American World " ---“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s blockbusting bestseller on the United States in the twenty-first century. How can Americans understand this rapidly changing international climate, and how might the nation continue to thrive in a truly global era? (Amazom,com)
  • Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him: Synopsis

    08/12/2012 10:40:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Amazon ^ | Release Date: Aug 21 | Richard Minter, Book Author
    Book Description Publication Date: August 21, 2012 Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now. In Leading from Behind, New York Times bestselling investigative journalist Richard Miniter presents the first book to explore President Obama’s abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, Leading from Behind investigates the secret world of the West Wing and the combative personalities that shape historic events. Contrary to the White House narrative, which aims to define Obama as a visionary leader, Leading from Behind reveals a president who is indecisive,...
  • David Gelernter's America Lite

    08/12/2012 6:30:05 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Hugh Hewitt.com ^ | August 10,2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    David Gelernter is one of those amazing people whose lifetime productivity across so many fields simply dazzles if it doesn't completely diminish your sense of self-worth. Now this Yale professor (computer science) has written an explanation of how the country came to be where it is, a book so riveting and beautifully written that you may finish it in a single sitting. It is America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats.) http://www.amazon.com/America-Lite-Imperial-Academia-Dismantled-Obamacrats/dp/1594036063/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344541331&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=david%20geklernter
  • Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'

    08/11/2012 7:31:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Guardian | Saturday 11 August 2012 | Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy
    Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'
  • The Tragedy Europe Forgot (Expulsions of Germans From East of the Oder)

    08/10/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9, 2012 | Andrew Stuttaford
    By the late spring of 1945, Germany had lost a war, its honor and millions of dead. There was more to come. The Allies had decided that the country's east should be carved up between Poland and the Soviet Union and that its German inhabitants should be moved to the truncated Reich. There they would encounter Sudeten Germans, Czechoslovakia's second largest ethnic group, now also scheduled for deportation. In August 1945, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed at Potsdam that these transfers, which had in any case already begun, should be "orderly and humane."
  • Hermann Hesse - misunderstood but loved (died 50 years ago today)

    08/09/2012 7:45:25 AM PDT · by Borges · 15 replies
    DW ^ | 8/9/12
    Half a century after his death, the works of Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse are back on the shelves. He's one of the most popular German authors in the world - even though he'd long been written off. In 1962, just after Hermann Hesse had died of a heart attack at the age of 85, the German newspaper Die Zeit wrote that the author had become obsolete. The paper, however, would eat its words. In the meantime, Hesse's works have been translated into nearly 60 languages, and at least 125 million copies have been sold worldwide. Hermann Hesse knew from...
  • Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again

    08/06/2012 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 1 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 2011 | Donald Trump
    This is a pretty good read....we should send a copy to Mittens and the GOP.. The Donald tells us how great he is...if you are worth 7 billion I guess you can do it!!!
  • Jack Reacher Official Movie Trailer

    08/06/2012 11:04:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paramount
    Official Jack Reacher Movie Trailer! Watch it in theaters this December.
  • Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century

    08/03/2012 9:49:27 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 12 replies
    Amazon ^ | September 10, 2010 | Paul Kengor
    In this startling, intensively researched book, bestselling historian Paul Kengor shines light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the “dupe.” From the Bolshevik Revolution through the Cold War and right up to the present, many progressives have unwittingly aided some of America’s most dangerous opponents. Based on never-before-published FBI files, Soviet archives, and other primary sources, Dupes exposes the legions of liberals who have furthered the objectives of America’s adversaries. Kengor shows not only how such dupes contributed to history’s most destructive ideology—Communism, which claimed at least 100 million lives—but also why they are...
  • Sir John Keegan - RIP

    08/03/2012 5:16:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2012 | Staff
    He had been on the teaching staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, for 25 years in 1986 when Max Hastings announced his recruitment to the paper the day he took over the editor’s chair. Keegan proved an unrivalled asset as the Soviet empire crumbled and collapsed, the government demanded a “peace dividend” in the form of cutbacks to the Armed Forces and a series of military actions flared up in the Middle East and the Balkans.
  • Coming soon, “The best book ever written on abortion”

    07/31/2012 1:44:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | 7.31.2012 | Jill Stanek
    There is a banner ad at the top of my site offering 35% off pre-orders of the soon-to-be-released book, Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars, written by Dr. Monica Miller. My endorsement of Abandoned will be on its back cover, along with the endorsement of several pro-life leaders like Fr. Frank Pavone, Joe Scheidler, David Bereit, Teresa Tomeo, Al Kresta, and best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza, who wrote in the book’s forward: Quite simply, this is the best book ever written on abortion. Beautifully written, this is about the consequences of Roe v. Wade, as seen through the eyes...
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    07/28/2012 12:32:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | May 22,2012 | Eric Blehm
    This book is worth a look....For you people in Florida I put it right behind A Land Remembered From Amazon review Adam Brown was a man who conquered whatever he set out to accomplish "against all odds" time and again. He conquered drugs and crime, betrayal and his own flesh to become a man of uncompromising character and selfless determination. Adam was a humble hero. He loved as hard as he fought and he fought hard. He overcame his past, physical injuries and then serious limitations- time and again...
  • Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

    07/28/2012 2:35:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Christina Shelton, a retired US intelligence analyst; she spent the major part of her thirty-two year career (twenty two years) working as a Soviet analyst and a Counterintelligence Branch Chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She is the author of the new book, Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason. FP: Christina Shelton, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Shelton: Thank you, Mr. Glazov. FP: Let’s begin with you telling us what inspired you to write this book. Shelton: I have always had an abiding interest in both the Soviet Union and the intriguing world of espionage. For...
  • When You Strike At a Queen...Judith Flanders reviews "Shooting Victoria."

    07/27/2012 7:15:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2012 | Judith Flanders
    British television has a lot to answer for. From "Upstairs, Downstairs" to "Downton Abbey," it has perpetrated an image of "historical" Britain as a country filled with a loved, even revered, upper class that gracefully patronizes the lower orders, who in turn are thrilled to roll over and have their tummies tickled by their social superiors. Absent is any sense of political, much less social unrest—there are no bread riots, no Luddites, no machine wreckers. Thus many PBS viewers might be surprised by the violence that accompanied the 19th century's extreme political instability. And they might be positively shocked to...
  • The Atlas Shrugged e-book app

    07/26/2012 5:06:22 AM PDT · by stiguy · 18 replies
    Check out the "amped" version of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. If this is the way publishing is headed, I like it. $14.99 buys the ebook and a ton of additional content and interactive features.
  • Defenestration - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

    07/25/2012 11:03:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2012 | MerriamWebsterOnline
    The fascinating story behind many people's favorite word.
  • 1987 Time Capsule of Predictions on 2012 by Sci-Fi Authors

    07/25/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 61 replies
    ISAAC ASIMOVAssuming we haven't destroyed ourselves in a nuclear war, there will be 8-10 billion of us on this planet—and widespread hunger. These troubles can be traced back to President Ronald Reagan who smiled and waved too much. GREGORY BENFORD YOUR FUTURE AND WELCOME TO IT … 25 years from now. World population stands at nearly 8 billion. The Dow-Jones Industrial Average stands at 8,400, but the dollar is worth a third of today's. Oil is running out, but shale-extracted oil is getting cheaper. The real shortage in much of the world is…water. Most Americans are barely literate, think in...
  • It's Better to Build Boys than Mend Men

    07/25/2012 9:55:53 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 9 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | August 2004 | S Truett Cathy
    A small book with a big message!